Support and training is needed for clinicians who are not working in specialist mental health services to have skills and strategies that they can apply as well as knowing when to refer for further assessment and support. TRACS WA, in collaboration with Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr Noel Collins, have designed a full day of training to meet these requests.
This whole day of training has two parts with the following objectives:
- Facilitating recovery – Evidence based person-centred care This module emphasises the importance of ensuring a compassionate, evidence based, person-centred approach to facilitating recovery.
- Facilitating recovery – Supporting people with Depression, Dementia, Delirium (the '3 D's') The focus here is on improving the rehabilitation journey and providing tools to facilitate recovery for people with cognitive impairment including depression, dementia and delirium.
The feedback from participants was that they felt that they have practical tools and strategies to work more effectively with patients presenting with the three D’s and an improved understanding on how to implement therapeutic strategies such as Behaviour Activation, daily scheduling, Goal Setting (including breaking goals down into workable steps), Mentalisation, compassionate mind training, and Nido Therapy. The focus of all the training was working in a Person Centred way.
TRACS WA has since delivered this OAMH training at FSH, Bentley, and will have further sessions for 2021.